LAHORE - Parts of the country received scattered rains with snowfall over the hills on Sunday, increasing the intensity of cold wave by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level during the day and at nighttime.

Weather remained cloudy over most parts of the country. However rain (snowfall over the hills) occurred at scattered places of Malakand, Hazara, Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Makran divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Experts are seeing further increase in the intensity of cold wave as a rain giving system has approached the country. Under the influence of this system, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, upper Punjab and Kashmir are likely to receive significant rains with snowfall over the hills during the next couple of days.

Three to four good winter rains are expected during February. 

Gupis remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 06 degree Celsius below freezing point. Mercury dropped to -05 C in Skardu, -03 C in Astore, -02 C in Parachinar, -01 C in Kalam and Malamjabba.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 18 C and 09 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 74 per cent.

According to the experts, western disturbance is affecting western and upper parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast widespread rain for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Lahore divisions and Kashmir during the next couple of days.

Scattered rain (snowfall over the hills) is expected in Balochistan. Good amount of snowfall is expected over hills of Malakand, Hazara divisions, Murree, Galliyat, Neelum valley, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

On Sunday, Parachinar received 47 mm rains, Dir 27 mm, Chitral and Gawadar 16 mm each, Pattan 14 mm, Kalam 13 mm, Drosh 12 mm, Lower Dir and Jiwani 06 mm each and Malamjaba 05 mm.

Kalam received 7.5 inches snow.